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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
Physical Address:
294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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MOFGA's Farm Training Project Workshops
Weekly, June through September
at farm locations throughout Maine
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Designed to augment the on-farm learning of the farm apprenticeship program, MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops follow an informal format, usually beginning with a farm tour followed by a presentation on the topic of the day. Participants are invited to stay for a potluck supper – bring a dish or something fresh from the farm to share (please bring your own place setting as well). All events are held rain or shine and are free and open to the public. For more information or directions to any of the workshops, call 568-6018, email education@mofga.org, or check the FTP website.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Why Obama’s USDA food-safety pick is so important
Grist - 7/14/2009.
By Tom Philpott – As I reported Friday, a man with a Big Ag background has emerged as the frontrunner for a still-empty USDA post called “undersecretary of food safety.” The holder of this position oversees the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which has the nearly impossible task of ensuring that our gigantic, factory-scale slaughterhouses produce safe meat. An excellent piece by Bill Tomson in Friday’s Wall Street Journal lays out how meat industry influence impedes the agency’s ability to keep deadly pathogens out of the meat supply.
Crops, ponds destroyed in quest for food safety
Common Dreams - 7/13/2009.
By Carolyn Lochhead – Dick Peixoto planted hedges of fennel and flowering cilantro around his organic vegetable fields in the Pajaro Valley near Watsonville to harbor beneficial insects, an alternative to pesticides. He has since ripped out such plants in the name of food safety, because his big customers demand sterile buffers around his crops. No vegetation. No water. No wildlife of any kind.
Are we near peak phosphorus?
Treehugger - 7/13/2009.
By Lloyd Alter – It takes a lot of phosphorus to support our diet – about 222.5 kg per person per year for a normal balanced diet. Professor Stuart White, Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney suggests that it follows the same Hubberts Peak pattern as oil, and that we are just about at the peak.
Sun’s out: time to make hay
Kennebec Journal - 7/13/2009.
By Betty Adams – WINDSOR -- Mike Richardson took advantage of the dry weather Friday to cut the first hay of the season. His daughter, Ashley Richardson, a sophomore at the University of Maine, pulled a tedder through the fields, flipping the mown hay. By Sunday, the Richardsons had put up 400 bales, less than half the usual production for this time of year. The slowdown, he says, is directly attributable to the wet weather.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 25 - Mechanical Weed Management – Effective Hand-Scale Tools and Techniques

July 25 - How to Establish and Manage Alfalfa in Rotation

July 26 - Seaweed Nursery Tour

August 1 - Ecological Pest Management

August 7 - Garden Walk with MOFGA Members June & Adam

August 9 - Biodynamic Farming

August 15 - Explore a Fiber Farm

August 16 - Farming with Horses

August 21 - Soil Health Field Day at Bumbleroot Farm

August 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

September 5 - Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts

September 6 - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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